Hi there, I am a visual artist based in Hong Kong. Welcome to my web page about my art experiments. Most of my art works were inspired by this mysterious and surrealistic city in which I found poetry. I here share them with you and wish you a good time visiting my site, enjoy!
My Transform Bar will be showing at the Grow@HKU exhibition organized by Oxfam on (Oct/29, Tuesday afternoon). I will be making wheat grass + green apple juice for everyone. Hoping to promote student’s awareness of food justice and inspire them to build a fair and sustainable food system so everyone on the planet has enough to eat.
My Paddling Home and Sleepwalker project were selected as part of the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Award exhibition! Sleepwalk won the HK Contemporary Art Award I am very happy that both of these socially related artworks were featured and hoping the works will create more awareness to the housing issue of our society.
Venue: Edge Gallery, 46 Village Road, Happy Valley
Duration: Sept/25 - Oct/5
My work The Land of Plenty is being shown at The Edge Gallery in Happy Valley. Oxfam last year found out 1/7 of people in the world go to bed with and hungry stomach and this year it slightly improved into 1/8. Nevertheless hunger is a big issue when some of us have excess of food and some of us always stay hungry. I hope this exhibition can arouse some awareness of this issue. Most of the works in the exhibition is for auction generating funding for Oxfam’s program in mainland China.
My installation at the Aichi Triennale went very well. I constructed 3 separate rooms featuring 3 works: Drift City Room, The Pinocchio Room, and The Senkaku Island Belongs to Birds & Fishes Room. I am very happy to be able to exhibit such controversial work about the Senkaku Island in Japan. The Aichi Triennale consists of hundreds of artists with exhibition venues ranging from museum space to very interesting neighborhood, bringing positive art energy and reviving the city as a result, I am impressed. After the opening, I transformed my role from an exhibiting artist into an art viewer and visited the Naoshima Triennale and now my mind is full of good art and inspiration from nature, what an excellent trip!
Just did two Urban Ninja workshops at the Aichi Art Center at the Aichi Kids Triennale with some lovely Japanese children. The children were asked to design costumes which allow them to hide in the streets of Nagoya and some of the results were fantastic. I have never seen kids that are so serious about doing their art works and work so fast. After our workshop we took our creations to play around inside and outside the Art Center and took some very nice photographs, what a creative experience.
I created a 10 feet tall giant sculpture based on the Japanese comic Attack on Titan to participate in this year’s July 1st protest march. The quality of life in Hong Kong is falling drastically in recent year due to Communist influence from mainland China. Corruption within some of government officials, massive inpour of tourists from mainland, a puppet chief executive that constant lie to his people just to name a few. The Red Giant represent this mighty force representing low quality Communism is invading our city. The people of Hong Kong demand for universal suffrage and political reform now!
This year’s June 4th like last year I took out my 「Don’t Want to Remember, Dare Not to Forget」 bicycle and rode to visit various important June 4th related monuments in Hong Kong with two other hardcore bicycle friends. We transformed ourselves as the living ghost of those students who were killed back in 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. We discussed and reflect upon art, culture, politics and especially democracy trying to attain a deeper understanding of the whole June 4th event and putting it into our local Hong Kong context since democracy in our city is alarming low. We rode our bicycles for two days and held a candlelight vigil at the Golden Bauhinia sculpture in the Convention Centre where there were many tourists from mainland China, letting them to see it is OK to show our conscience in the public space of Hong Kong.
The Chinese Communist’s People Liberation Army together with the Hong Kong Government is building a navel dock in the middle of Central area but secretly bypassing the necessary legal procedure. Not only the citizens of Hong Kong have to pay for the construction fee but the fear of the ruthless and corrupted Communist gun barrels pointing at our city is a disturbing nightmare to everyone who live here. Close to 20,000 citizens wrote to the Town Planning Board to oppose this hideous construction. I created a large battleship entitled The Plunder by using many card board boxes. This battle ship can be transform into an image of a green urban park which is the wish of Hong Kong citizens. At the end of the protest we took turn smashing the battleship into smithereens with a 10 lbs ‘I Love HK’ sledge hammer.
Today I worked with twenty young children exploring the streets-cape of Wanchai in Hong Kong at the St. James Settlement HQ. The children were asked to design a costume not only that they can phically wear, but also as an urban disguise. The workshop encourages the students to develop their observation, memory, and form making skills. It starts from 9am to 5pm, I am now dead tire but the result was worth it. Some creation such as mail box, road signage and bus stop signage was so realistic you bare notice there was a child holding it. Thank you all those free helpers and art teachers assisting the students on their fantastic creations
Attended the POV show curated by Lisa Botos, this exhibition is about alternative perspective in Asian contemporary photography. I am showing my new Drift City photographs, videos, and sculpture, do stop by to check it out if you are in Singapore for the Art Stage. I took a new photograph from the Keppel Bay development designed by Dainel Libeskind which resembles my appearance a lot swinging left and right slowly after I have 4 beers. Also featuring works by Anothermountianman, Chen Man, Chihiro Kabata, Ina Jang, Mimi Youn, Wei Leng Tay, Xing Danwen, and Yian Huang.
I will be sharing my view towards the topic of 「How art can contiue to occurs in an interesting way?」in this year's Fotanian Open Studio this Sunday. Kurt Chan will be hosting and artist Wong Tin Yan will also be there too, don't miss it.
Click the above image to see more photos of the demonstration
New Year Demonstration 元旦大遊行
Today I created 「The Pinocchio」「木偶奇遇號」to join in the Jan 1st 2013 Anti-CY Leung parade. My puppet can play the song "Do You Hear What People Sing" from Les Misérables. Also CY Leung's old enemy Mr. Henry Tang's famous quote: " You are lying! Whatever you say you are always lying!" repeatedly. We march and sing with comrades from the arts community during the protest. Our frustration towards the disappointing government and it's lying Chief Executive Mr. CY Leung was finally able to vented out a little bit.
Created a drum machine entitled Plastic Talks which made by 100% plastic material recovered from plastic recycled center. It was on display during the Free Space Festival partly organised by Make a Difference and M+ where literally thousdands of people participated in this mega scale public space art and music festival.
Duration: Dec/15 - Dec/16/2012 Venue : West Kowloon Promenade
Click to above image to see photos of Black Market
Black Market 黑市
Curated and exhibited a very interesting exhibition as part of the detour 2012 event. We moved into Gresson street market in Wan Chai in the middle of the night exploring different aspect of illegal buying and selling that is happening in our society. I did a project entitled A Conversation With Death, featuring me dressing up as Death giving out free fortune telling service with a deck of rigged Tarot Cards, Death was very busy that night and we had so much fun performing this flash art event.
Opening: Dec/13/2012 9pm -1am Venue : Gresson Street Market, Wan Chai, HK
Click to above image to see photos of Hawkerama II @ detour 2012
Hawkerama II 排檔藝術嘉年華 II
We are showing Hawkerama II at this year's Detour 2012 at the former Wan Chai Police Station, the exhibition succefully attracted so many visitors into this wonderful historial site. My Transform Bar was there making wheat grass green apple juice for the viewers to enjoy.
Created a new piece of work entitled The Land of Plenty for the Oxfam's One Seventh Exhibition. You know everyday on this planet, one out of seven people go to sleep with an empty stomach. The cause is from unequal distribution of food. I created a large disc out of resin, trapped inside are wooden animal and human figurines I collected from Africa with dried corns.
Opening: Oct/26/2012 3pm Venue 1: Ma On Shan Plaza 608 Sai Sha Road, Ma On Shan, Shatin, NT Duration: Oct/26 - Oct 30/2012
Duration: 16 May - 9 June 2012 Opening: 18 May 2012, 6pm
Transform Bar is a 3 feet by 4 feet juice bar, it is constructed of recycled wood, its exterior walls are surrounded by planters with wheat grass growing on them. These planters can be push out from the main structure expanding the area of the shop when needed, also maximizing the sun light angles for the grass. I will be staying inside the shop blending apple juice by mixing the wheat grass that was cut by the art viewers, bringing forward the message of paying awareness to our food source and extending art appreciation to the sense of taste and consumption. Transform Bar got its inspiration from the Hong Kong street hawkers’ stalls. In order to survive, the owner of the hawkers’ stalls will push out and pull back their merchandise in different times of the day, forming a flexible system. 3 feet by 4 feet is only so big, the merchandise have to match the market demand in order to sustain a proper living, running the business also have to be flexible and legal. It could also be said that The Hong Kong way to survive is to be adoptive with the environment through transformation.
Art work: Standing Next to the West Kowloon Alone Venue: Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Central Library, 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, H.K. Date: 16-30 /5 /2012 10:00am-8:00pm 31 /5 /2012 10:00am–4:00pm
Just finished a piece entitled “Standing Next to the West Kowloon Alone” which is a handrail in the shape of Hong Kong skyline in an abstract 3D form. The theme of this year’s biennial is ”West Kowloon” so I am proposing to create a handrail to be position next to the harbor front for the visually impaired so they can enjoy and “touch” our city. This work is a remake from a piece I did 12 years ago “Standing Next to the Harbor Front Alone” but this time the sculpture is made out of wood and more 3D which I like a lot. The joining of the wooden pole and all those angles was hell to make but I enjoy every single bit of the process, very simple but crafty.
[Jan/12] Lucky 13 - To Kwa Wan Thirteen Streets Community Art Program
Project: 魚、蝦、蟹 Fish, Shrimp, Crab
Venue: Artist Commune, Unit 12 Cattle Depot Artist Village
Duration: Jan/15 - Feb/11/2012
Opening: Jan/15/2012, 2:30pm
Gambling always seems to be the main activity during Chinese family gathering, especially during Chinese New Year, besides saying Kung Hei Fat Choy repeatedly the Mahjong table must be open. And the real estate market, stock market, and gold market seems to become the place of speculation for everybody, buying and selling is like betting on Big or Small, sometimes one is addicted without realizing it. You want to win back the money that was lost, hoping the next opening is what you betted on, a gambling game that never end.
Note: Fish, Shrimp, Crab is a popular gambling game originated from China and particular popular in the south. The casinos in Macau still offer this type of gambling game.
The skyline of the city is constantly changing, but unfortunately the citizens usually cannot participate in the planning and construction of the city. This interactive installation allows the viewers to construct their mini wooden skyscraper sculpture out of recycled wood. The finished skyscraper sculptures will line up in a row it will form a new city skyline juxtaposed against the real skyline across the Victoria Harbor. A low tech version of Symphony of Light will be conducted on Jan/12/2012. So if you are looking for something special to do, please common down to West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade during Christmas and new year, reclaim the skyline for yourself.
Deer Head and the Rabbit Head are now on show at the Detour. The theme of this
yearˇ¦s Detour is USELESS which I think it about time for designers to rethink
about how to create by using less. My sculptures are actually shelters allowing
the viewers to literally look out from the animalˇ¦s perspective to rethink our
world of consumerism and so call progress. My students from The Hong Kong
Polytechnic University School of Design are also showing their Sitting Device,
chairs that are made from 2 pieces of 4 x 8 feet ply woods without using any
nails, very challenging and interesting results, please go check it out.
Exhibition: Primitive Craftsmanship . Contemporary Mechanism Venue: Artist Commune, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong Opening: Oct/9/2011 (Sunday) 4pm, Performance: 4:30pm, Artist talk: 4:45 - 6:00pm Duration: Oct/11 - Oct/20/2011, info: 2390 9332
My mobile bunk bed Sleepwalker is finally finished and ready to roll. I will do a short performance this Sunday (Oct/9/11) at 4:30pm at the Cattle Depot, there were 7 other artists also exploring mechanical movement related artwork, do stop by to check them out. _______________________________________________________________________________________________
[Aug/11] Koncept 2031
Project: Paddling Home 漂流家室
Duration: Aug/2 to Aug/15/11
Venue: Hong Kong Design Institute,
3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, NT, Hong Kong
Paddling Home is now reinstalled underneath the roof of the new HKDI building in Tseung Kwan O. The monumental space of this structure is very big and the spatial quality is super impressive. Incidentally my Paddling Home looks exactly like those housing complex across from the exhibition venue giving a strange sense of architectural displacement.
Project: Exhale 嘆息 Duration: July/14 to Aug/27/11 Venue: 2/F., 31 C-D Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong Info: www.grottofineart.com
The theme of this exhibition is about freedom and democracy, Mao Tse-Tung once said Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun, in order to achieve peace the gun is always there standing by, achieving various objectives and peace through violence, the gun indeed a puzzle for me. My work Exhale is a 3D pistol form made out of translucent glass blocks, the form of the pistol can be taken apart into separate pieces destroying the image of a gun.
Project: Doomsday 末日號 Opening: July/6/2011 Duration: July/7 to Aug/9/2011 Venue: ArtisTree, 1/F Cornwall House, TaiKoo Place, Island East Info: +852 2887 1321
Natural and man-made disasters killed tens of thousands of people and many more lost their home, Hong Kong being much closer to the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station than to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, maybe it is about time to reflect and address the potential risk and hazard produced by nuclear energy. Doomsday is an anti-nuclear radiation mobile living unit made of lead panels for one person, when lay flat on the ground the four solar panels could generate 15 volts of electricity for small electronic appliances. People often have blind faith towards the machine and think they could resolve all of the problems of nature. Unfortunately, this time our machines turned around and destroyed the most important life supplies in nature, polluting water, food, and the air. This new work will be shown at the 30 x 30 exhibition along side with my Tin Man No.11, thats two robots in one show, the show also feature 29 other famous designers and artists, please stop by and check it out.
I just curated a very meaning exhibition in support for the release of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, my Grass Mud Horse will also be shown in this exhibition together with more than 50 Hong Kong artists and poets, here is the curatorial statement:
A person went missing in China, this time an artist. This may seem distant and it may be easy for us to ignore it and accept it as just another case of disappearance in China and move on, but can we? Love the Future is an art and poetry exhibition that consists of more than 50 artists and poets from Hong Kong expressing their concerns about freedom of speech and artistic expression in China. Most importantly, it is a reaction towards the unjust detention of artist Ai Weiwei by the Chinese authorities. Ai Weiwei said in his book I think that every person must do something for others; that is the only way this world will see change. This show is dedicated to the spirit of do something for others and is an ongoing effort to fight for justice and defend basic human rights. _______________________________________________________________________________________________
[May/11] Legacy and Creations, Art vs Art Exhibition
My entry for the Shanghai Exposition 2010 is now back in Hong Kong, do stop by the museum to check out my work and many other interesting artists if you are nearby, this exhibtiion features both contemporary and ink medium. _______________________________________________________________________________________________
[May/11] Art Centre Open House
Project: Chinese Take Out & Bubby Duration: May/28, 10am to 10pm Venue: CL3, 15/F Hong Kong Art Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
My sculptural works Chinese Take Out and Bubby is being display at the lobby gallery of CL3 as part of the Art Centre Open House. I repolished Bubby which is made of solid brass sitting on top of a hand held grenade, still very eye catching after the new shine. _______________________________________________________________________________________________
[May/11] Light Up, Amnesty International 50 Years
Project: Drift City (Hong Kong) Candle Duration: May/27 to June/10/2011 Venue: Rats Cave & Haji Gallery, 18 & 24 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan
Project: Exhale 嘆息 Duration: March/21 to March/27/11 Venue: IFC Mall Oval Atrium Auction: April/4/11, HKCEC Hall 5
The air quality in Hong Kong is getting worst every year. I just donated my latest sculpture work entitled Exhale for the Clean Air Network (CAN) which is fighting for better air quality in Hong Kong. The work will be exhibited in March then will be auction away by Sothebys to general funding for CAN in April. My concept is about war, how war is like a puzzle that brings destruction and peace. The sculpture is made by translucent glass and can be disassembled into smaller pieces. I am very happy I can contribute to this noble cause to make our environment better, check out their website for more information www.hongkongcan.org. _______________________________________________________________________________________________
[Feb/11] Drift City 10 Years Book Promotion Exhibition
Project: Drift City photographs Duration: Feb/19 to March/20/11 Venue: Pageone book store, Harbour City shop 3002
My Drift City 10 Years 2000 to 2010 book published by Asia One is now being promoted by Pageone book store in HarbourCity. Some of my DriftCity photographs are installed at their display windows. Two old skyscraper costumes were set up and one of them have a little TV monitor showing the Drift City 10 Years video, stop by to check it out when you are nearby._______________________________________________________________________________________________
[Jan/11] Supreme Meaningless Invention
Project: Forever Absolute Emptiness 永遠絕對空虛號 Duration: Jan/29 to Feb/15/11 Venue: Hong Kong City Hall
Just finished exhibiting my Forever Absolute Emptiness at the Supreme Meaningless Invention exhibition. I worked on this bike for almost a year now and it is actually a conceptual time machine allowing me to go back to my past. The bicycle I am showing right now is actually the 1 to 1 model, when it is finished a lot more speakers will be mounted to the body of the bike making it a real blast from the past. The final finished version will be launch in July 2012, still plenty of time to play around._______________________________________________________________________________________________
[Jan/11] Art Souvenirs
Project: The Seige 圍城
Just finished 20 unique wax sculptures to be given away to VIP as art souvenirs commissioned by Arts Development Council. My concept is about the relationship between the habitat of wild animals and the development of our city. Cities are constantly expanding and gradually encroaching on the nature habitat of the animals and it is like a siege on the animal kingdom. I tried to represent different animals appeared to be stuck or about to be drowned on a lake creating a disturbing effect outline the relationship which is urgently need to be reflect upon.
Project: Monster Resurrection No. 1 怪獸復活一號 Duration: Dec/10/10 to Dec/31/10 Venue: G/F 83 - 85 Sing Woo Road, Happy Valley, HK
I just completed a new piece of sculpture entitled Monster Resurrection No. 1. The idea is about creatures that once exist long time ago but since we did not have any direct contact of them so they will always remain fictional. I am creating a completely new creature by combining different dinosaur bones The bones were set into wax and were excavated back out as if they are fossil. _______________________________________________________________________________________________
[Dec/10] Cartoon Lost Garden Christmas Party
Project: 大鉄人17 (ワンセブン) Venue: Object Factory
Just had a great costume Christmas party at my studio and the theme of this year is CartoonLostGarden. I spent a week using cardboard and tapes making my childhood idol 大鉄人17(ワンセブン). A lot of memory came back to my mind as I was doing the research and making the robot suit. My students from PolytechnicUniversity also jointed the party fully dressed into different kinds of characters, what a blast! You can see old footages of 大鉄人17 here:
20 high school students came to my studio to enjoy a 1 day sculpture workshop. We use Surrealistic Home as a theme and the students combine their personal story and experience into the development of their artworks. An abstract wooden sculpture was created at the end of the day by using recycled wood; it was a busy but fun art day at the studio.
[July/10] Echo HK Sculpture Biennial 2010, Works of members of HK Sculpture Society Exhibition
Project: Memory of the Forest 森林的記憶 Duration: July/24 to Aug/18/10 Venue: Artist Commune, Unit 12, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, HK
The Chimpanzee and Rabbit sculpture I made with students by using recycled wood are now moved to Cattle Depot, the show also featuring works by the members of Hong Kong Sculpture Society and the quality of the show is high, stop by to take a look if you have time. _______________________________________________________________________________________________
[July/10] Chroniques Hongkongaises
Project: Drift City mini Box & Photos Duration: July/3 to July/10/10 Venue: 26 Rue Raspail, Arles, France Opening Hours: 13.00 - 18.00
I made a new box container for the Drift City photos to be shown in France. The box features a sliding storage tray and a tilted viewing table, the box can store 12 photographs inside and the interior are finished with black leather. The exterior of the portable box is decorated like the front face of my Building Man to bring out the essence of traveling skyscraper.
Project: Memory of the Forest 森林的記憶 Duration: May/30 to July/11/10 Venue: Chinese University of Hong Kong, New Asia College open space
The deer sculpture I made with students by using recycled wood are now moved to Chinese University, the show also featuring works by the members of Hong Kong Sculpture Society and recent graduates from the Fine Art students of Chinese University, lots of interesting art to see.
[April/10] Best Artist Of The Year 2009 by HK Arts Develpment Council
I was awarded the Best Artist of the year of 2009 and attended the big award ceremony at the City Hall. I was happy and thanked two of my biggest fans. The first person I would like to thank is my mother, she practically attended almost every single one of my art exhibitions in the past 15 years. The second being my wife who supported my art adventure from the start of my artistic career. This dedicated this award to the two of them. _______________________________________________________________________________________________
Click to see report by CNN
[Jan/10] Two Wongs Go To The Sea
The moment when my Paddling Home touched down on the Victoria Harbour and stay afloat I literally cried out, what a joy! I tailor made a boat captain suits and host a very nice boat launching party in a garden right next to the harbour and many friends came to celebrate my adventure. The weather was nice that day and I managed to not only sail out on the ocean but also did some fishing and golfing as well. In the evening when I tried to lift the boat out of the water we almost lost the roof since the current was very strong, what an adventure all in one day!
[Dec/09] 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture
Project: Paddling Home 漂流家室 Duration: Dec/4/ 2009 to Feb/27/2010 (Performance 1/16/10) Venue: West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade Hours: Tue - Fri 1100 - 1800, Sat - Sun 1030 - 1800, Closed Mon
After months of building my Paddling Home is finally completed and now on display at the Hong Kong Shenzhen Architecture Biennale at West Kowloon Promenade. The house was well received by the public and everyone seems to like it since it resemble their homes but much smaller (only 4 feet by 4 feet). I am very proud of this little building since it has such Hong Kong look to it. I will be taking my Paddling Home to sail around the VictoriaHarbor on Jan/16/10 at 12:00pm, it will be such an adventure on that day, come join the fun if you are around. _______________________________________________________________________________________________